The controversy surrounding the state College Board has died down since last spring’s Dan Jones decision. However, some Legislators say they still plan to introduce bills that could strip the Board of some of its powers and instead create individual boards to oversee personnel decisions at each of the state’s four research universities. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (3:48) wrote about this in Saturday’s paper and joins Derek and guest host Lauren Wood for more. Also on today’s show, Lauren and religion reporter Riley Manning (8:29) discuss a story-photo package they did about Hanukkah. Derek (12:44) also breaks down last week’s wacky crime reports.
Ellie Turner and Lauren Wood join Brad and Derek to talk about the newest issue of Mud & Magnolias magazine (6:29). Topics include a tintype photographer in Oxford and decorating advice from Aspen Bay in Starkville. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal chief photographer Thomas Wells (18:57) discusses his photo essay on the creation of a Tupelo Community Theatre set, M. Scott Morris (25:01) reviews “Chi-Raq,” and Derek (33:04) breaks down the weekend entertainment scene.
Tupelo School District Superintendent Gearl Loden and Executive Director of Operations Andy Cantrell (6:35) join Brad and guest host Emma Kent to provide an update on the projects that have flowed from the district’s April bond issue. Loden also spoke about TPSD Administrator of the Year Corlis Curry, as well as about Loden’s goals and visions for the district. Also on today’s show, Oxford Citizen reporter Errol Castens (16:32) provides an update on a controversial Lafayette County/Oxford/Ole Miss program that uses confidential informants for drug cases. Emma (21:09) tells us about a new mentoring program in Tupelo, and food editor Ginna Parsons (26:05) discusses this week’s food section.
Lee County last week received designation as an Excel By 5 certified community, capping a three-year effort. Education reporter Emma Kent (8:04) joins Derek and Brad to describe the significance of this early childhood education recognition. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (14:45) talks about how the legislature might address the need to improve Mississippi’s roads and bridges, and Brad (21:35) breaks down last week’s crime reports.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton joins Brad and Derek to discuss what 2016 holds for neighborhood revitalization projects. Shelton also talks about Friday’s Christmas parade, the Vietnam Replica Wall and citizen committees. Also on today’s show, Zack Orsborn (18:36) breaks down efforts to preserve Mill Village, Ellie Turner (21:50) tells us about Santa’s visit to the Journal next week, M. Scott Morris (26:39) reviews “The Good Dinosaur,” and Derek (31:44) discusses the weekend entertainment scene.
On today’s show, Brad celebrates his 40th birthday and is greeted by a surprise guest caller. Also on the show, Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (11:56) discusses Tupelo’s possible new air service, and home and garden/ food editor Ginna Parsons (21:19) talks about the Mill Village open house, as well as today’s food section.
Mississippi’s governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house are each expected to push for tax cuts during the 2016 legislative session. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (12:20) wrote about that in Sunday’s Daily Journal and joins Derek and Brad to provide context on their proposals. Also on today’s show, business editor Dennis Seid (21:52) discusses the year’s first holiday shopping weekend, Derek (30:08) talks about the new “Goodnight Tupelo” book, and Brad (33:39) breaks down last week’s crime reports.
Brad and guest host Lauren Wood look ahead to Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday. Topics include ways you can volunteer (6:10) and ideas for last-minute sides and for getting the most mileage from turkey leftovers (thanks to Ginna Parsons’ food section, 28:50). Zack Orsborn (11:45) has details on Black Friday, Riley Manning (7:45) talks about the Food for Families drive, and M Scott Morris (23:04) breaks down “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.” Adam Robison (16:30) also joins the show to talk about his photo essay on the Tupelo Automobile Museum. Note, there will not be a new episode on Thanksgiving Day.
Tupelo’s Mary Ann Plasencia won the Judge’s Choice Award at Sunday night’s Cooking Like the Stars event and joins Derek and Brad to talk about the annual fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi (19:48). Also on today’s show, Daily Journal health reporter Michaela Morris (11:21) discusses new national statistics that show obesity rates continue to rise except for kids ages 2 to 5. Meanwhile, Derek and Brad talk about last week’s crime reports (28:59) and look ahead to Thanksgiving. Cooking, obesity and Thanksgiving, oh my!
Following an amendment to its “zero tolerance” discipline policy in October, the Tupelo Public School District created a task force to evaluate the district’s discipline polices. The goal is to get community input on possible tweaks. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Crawford Kent (6:21) joins Brad and Derek for more information. Also on today’s show, Lauren Wood (12:39) speaks about her photo essay on a sous chef, M. Scott Morris (15:39) reviews “The 33,” and Derek (19:57) talks about weekend entertainment. Meanwhile, the staff prepares for the Daily Journal’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon.